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Malik Monk reinstated from suspension for violating anti drug program

Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk’s NBA suspension back in February flew under the noses of many NBA fans. The 22-year-old was suspended without pay for violating the league’s anti-drug program. While the Malik Monk NBA suspension did not turn many heads, the ‘Malik Monk reinstated back to the NBA’ news made headlines and also captured the attention of fans this week. 

In February 2020, the ‘Malik Monk NBA suspension’ news broke after reports suggested his suspension fit a player in Stage 1 of the Drugs of Abuse program. According to Yahoo Sports, Malik Monk apparently used cocaine, which led to his suspension. The ‘Malik Monk NBA suspension’ came about two weeks before the NBA was suspended on March 11. Monk was suspended by the league indefinitely.

The league statement noted that he will not be eligible to return until he is in full compliance with the NBA’s anti-drug program. He missed a total of eight games due to suspension.

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On Monday, the news ‘Malik Monk reinstated to the NBA’ was reported by ESPN this week.

It is still unclear if Monk was in ‘full compliance’ with the league’s drug-related policies. Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak told ESPN, “He (Malik Monk) went through his program, and my understanding was he was reinstated as soon as possible. He has been in our facility and participated in all team activities.” 

Kupchak further added that Monk will be back with the team whenever the franchise resumes its formal training routine. Hornets head coach James Borrego addressed the ‘Malik Monk reinstated’ news stating he will be welcomed back to the team and they will move past the suspension. 

Monk was drafted by the Hornets in the first round of the 2017 NBA draft. In three seasons with the Hornets, the 22-year-old played 191 games averaging 8.6 points and 1.7 assists per game. An impact player off the bench, Monk played 21 minutes per game this season, averaging 10.3 points and 2.1 assists in 55 matches. 

The Hornets are one of the eight NBA franchises who were eliminated from the 2019-20 season according to the shortened regular-season format. The Hornets occupied the 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a 23-42 (win-loss) record. Hornets’ elimination means Malik Monk will team up with the roster and start preparing for the upcoming season. 

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Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets

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Chicago Bulls (3-1) at Charlotte Hornets (0-3)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets +4 — Over/Under: 193

The Chicago Bulls look for their second road win to get off to a fast 4-1 start. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 99.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 95 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 19.5 points and six rebounds while Nikola Mirotic is averaging 18.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. Pau Gasol is grabbing 7.8 rebounds and Derrick Rose is dishing 5.5 assists. The Chicago Bulls are allowing just 24.7 percent shooting from deep and have won 11 of their last 14 regular season games when allowing less than 100 points. The Bulls are playing as well as you could have hoped under new coach Fred Hoiberg. Kirk Hinrich is questionable with a toe injury.

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The Charlotte Hornets need a win after a tough 0-3 start to the year. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 93.3 points on 39.1 percent shooting and allowing 98.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 16.3 points and 5.3 assists while Nicolas Batum is averaging 13 points and 7.3 rebounds. Marvin Williams is grabbing nine rebounds and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.3 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are getting just 58.7 points from their starters and are one of six teams that is shooting under 40 percent. The offensive struggles for the Hornets have clearly carried over from last season. The good news is that four of the Hornets last five wins have come on their home court.

The Bulls are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hornets are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Charlotte.

Pay attention to Frank Kaminsky and Spencer Hawes in this game, too. Kaminsky, despite limited playing time so far, has almost unquestionably played better than Hawes so far, and it’s only a matter of time before the rookie overtakes the veteran in minutes. There might not be a better time to illustrate the difference between the player’s abilities early in the season than this game, where athletic big men will have to play a large role no matter what.

The Hornets have played well so far, but not well enough to earn a win just yet. Despite playing against perhaps the biggest challenger for the Eastern Conference title, the Hornets will have a pretty good shot to get their first win of the season on their home court.

Observations

▪  Bulls big man Joakim Noah has bought into coming off the bench, which allows the Bulls to start Nikola Mirotic at power forward, where he’s is a classic “stretch 4.”

▪  If the Hornets don’t win tonight, there is a distinct possibility they could start the season 0-6, facing a tough trip to Dallas and San Antonio.

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